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Mar 4, 2014 a tidy pachyderm commented on Elliott Bay Books Owner Says $15 Minimum Wage Could Be "Possibly Fatal".
@146: Well, here's a comment from a former EBBCO employee. First, I'll refer you to Paul's comment upthread (@145)

And while obviously everyone has their own experience, I'll add this: when I was there, I got full benefits, a bus pass, a great employee discount, a raise every year or six months, and it was a wonderful and invigorating job where I learned a lot. There's no "cash register" position; while you do begin to specialize after being there for awhile, everyone does a little bit of everything. When I was there, Peter worked the front desk as much as anybody. In my experience, he was a great boss.

Did I wish I got paid more? Sure. But I accepted my low wages because I was doing something I loved. I also didn't leave because of the money, for what it's worth. I'll also point out that Peter mentions in the above post that he wants to raise the minimum wage -- just maybe not all the way to fifteen dollars for every single business.

I will also add that a large number of EBBCO's staff are anything but "twentysomething hipsters". Open your eyes the next time you're in there. These are experienced, wise, AWESOME humans who are passionate about books and stories. (And while some of them happen to be twenty, and some of them happen to be hipsters, that doesn't negate their awesomeness.)
Jan 15, 2013 a tidy pachyderm commented on The City of Utopias.
...a $300,000 buy-in? I wish them luck in finding teachers for their kids.
Jan 27, 2012 a tidy pachyderm commented on Why Do So Many Women Have a Seemingly Irrational Hatred of Zooey Deschanel?.
I don't hate her, but I'm bothered by her. This is why: http://xkcd.com/122/
Jan 12, 2012 a tidy pachyderm commented on How Much Is the State Underfunding Education?.
@1: I don't teach in Seattle, so I can't speak to that, but I CAN tell you that if you switched administrator's and teacher's salaries, no one would ever be an administrator. If it's done right, it's an insanely difficult and almost always unrewarding job (as opposed to teaching, which is difficult but at least sometimes rewarding). I wouldn't do it if I were paid a bajillion dollars a year.

(That said, I would like to be paid a little more to teach. Not a lot. Just, like, 10k a year more. That would be cool.)
Sep 7, 2011 a tidy pachyderm commented on SL Letter of the Day: Jump! Jump! Jump!.
My dad came out of the closet at the age of 68. I had just graduated from college. I honestly don't know how I would have reacted if I'd found out while I was in elementary school; by the time he finally did come out, I found the news to be no surprise and a bit of a relief. (And to be fair, I don't think HE realized that he was gay until then -- he knew he was "off", and he thought he was bi, but he was dealing with some fairly extensive Puritanical programming. So as soon as he knew, and my mom knew, we knew.)

I think you should come out, to your wife and probably to your kids. But don't expect it to be easy. I would have thought - as Dan did - that my mom would have reacted with a "Phew! Our ten-year sexual dry spell wasn't because of ME!" Instead, she felt very badly hurt by it, because whether or not he was gay, she was in love with my dad. They did work through it, though, and remained married (though their marriage is obviously open now).

Which is another option for you as well. If you're comfortable together as parents, and you're comfortable with marriage as a flexible construct, you can stay married. Just, you know, consider the marriage a parenting agreement, not a romantic agreement. I don't know how that would work in your community, or if that's what you want -- after all, maybe you want a romantic marriage eventually, in which case, by all means divorce! I'm just saying, it's not the only option.

And your kids will get over it, and your wife will get over it. I was initially furious at my dad, but it wasn't because he was gay -- it was because I felt my mom had gotten a really raw deal, and I hurt for her. But I hurt for my dad, too, and all the years that he kept from himself (no matter how much he says that he wouldn't have given those years with us up for the world).

What am I saying here? I'm really not sure. I'm sorry for the rambling; this is obviously something that's pretty close to home for me. Do what feels right; just give your family some time and space to come to terms with it. People don't react logically to this stuff.
Sep 6, 2011 a tidy pachyderm commented on Journey to Nowhere.
I'm okay with the ending. I'm okay with it going the mystical route rather than the scientific route because, unlike what @20 said, the show always had a mystical bent to go along with its gritty naturalistic bent. Remember the episode when they found the Tomb of Athena? That was second season -- pretty early on -- and they go into the cave and then all of a sudden they're standing on a grassy knoll looking at the night sky? That's pretty mystical. The deal on the show was that organized religion (be it human or Cylon) was flawed, not that spirituality was. So the Starbuck-as-angel thing doesn't bug me, and neither does the reincarnation thing.

Here's what DID bug me.

1) The boxed Cylon was totally Kara's dad. Don't give me that crap about "nooo, it's a coincidence", Moore.

2) The horrible anvilicious montage at the end.

AND! I can explain the plan thing. I heard somewhere that the presence of the "and they have a plan" in the opening credits was an addition by the network, NOT the creators. They really wanted it there. Then Moore was like, "Shit, I guess they better have a plan," and then they made the kind of horrible made-for-TV movie "The Plan", which explains the plan, and the plan is basically that their plan got fucked up and we never saw it on screen. So yeah, that's problematic, but it is an explanation, at least.
Aug 9, 2011 a tidy pachyderm commented on Slog Poll: Where Do Your Sympathies Lie?.
@44 -- I agree. I wasn't really trying to argue any particular case -- sue the park, don't sue the park, whatever -- as much as to say that yes, the goat needed to be put down. And the rangers, who are pretty fierce defenders of wildlife themselves, thought so too. I'm not sure whether the paperwork to shoot the goat was kiboshed at the higher levels of park management because of political pressure, or if it was outright stopped by a politician. I guess what I'm saying is that whoever put a hold on the paperwork should be liable and rangers should be allowed to do their jobs.
Aug 9, 2011 a tidy pachyderm commented on Slog Poll: Where Do Your Sympathies Lie?.
My uncle worked at Olympic for decades. The rangers had been wanting to shoot the goat for years, and started the paperwork to do so -- it was an invasive species, AND it was crazy. It didn't act like a normal goat. It was dangerous. Then, according to my uncle, a local politician made the goat his cause, and told the park they weren't allowed to shoot it.

Then the goat killed this guy, whom everyone knew and loved in the community. My uncle, a normally calm and reserved fellow, can barely speak when the subject comes up, he's so angry. The guy in question was not stupid. He did not taunt the goat. He did not underestimate wildlife. The goat was a mad goat that the rangers had been wanting to get rid of for years before it killed somebody.
Aug 6, 2011 a tidy pachyderm commented on Seattle Arts and Lectures Announces Their 2011-2012 Season.
Paul! Chimamanda is a big deal! Please refer to her unbelievably awesome Ted Talk, or the unbelievably awesome Purple Hibiscus (which I teach), OR the totally incredibly fabulous Half of a Yellow Sun. ANY OF THE ABOVE. She's amazing.
Apr 15, 2011 a tidy pachyderm commented on It Gets Worse.
I mean, to be clear, NOT that I'm not interested in the other stuff. I get that we're all sick of hearing about how fucked public education is. (Believe me, meeeee too.) It was both fascinating and depressing to read about the effect on the arts and the DNR, which I don't usually hear as much about. I just kind of wanted to hear about public education too.